To get high school students ready for the business world, they need access to internships. Most companies target their internships at college students, but to truly get more students invested in a tech career, the industry needs to work with students long before they’ve embarked on a college education.
Internships are a powerful way to provide full immersion in the world of work with responsibility for real, necessary tasks that matter to an employer. They provide the experience that can prepare students to successfully begin a career in their chosen field.
To give that opportunity to more high school students, schools and employers can build upon the 4Ps of internship, as developed by the Creating IT Futures Foundation: project for the student to work on that's both challenging and valued, place for the student to work on the project, personnel who will care about and supervise the intern, and payment, preferably in monetary value, to the students for the work they do.
Employers and schools can collaborate to innovate the internship model so that it works for both the student and the employer. The Creating IT Futures Foundation has developed models for 4 types of internships that employers can implement to create student internships.